Fattoush Salad

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Fattoush Salad

Do you have pitas in your bread bin that are starting to dry out? This Fattoush Salad will help you use them up in a delicious way. Fattoush Salad is a Middle Eastern salad that’s made using day-old (or toasted) pitas, chopped vegetables, and fresh herbs. Just like croutons in a Caesar salad, torn up stale pitas make this Fattoush Salad filling.

 

It’s traditional to finish this salad with Sumac, a tart, citrusy spice that can be found in specialty or Middle Eastern food stores – but, don’t fret if you can’t find it, you can finish this salad with squeeze of lemon juice instead.

 

Serve this salad on it’s own or along side grilled meat, fish, or cheese (halloumi). It’s fresh and crisp, ready to satisfy your senses. This is the perfect summer salad to make when vegetables are fresh, ripe, and at their peak in flavour.

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

Ingredients

Dressing:
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Salad:
4 small cucumbers, thinly sliced
4 radishes, thinly sliced
4 tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup finely chopped fresh mint
2 stale pitas, torn into bite-size pieces
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, whisk oil, yogurt, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper together until creamy.
  2. Add in cucumbers, radishes, onion, parsley, and mint; toss to until the vegetables are well coated. Season with lemon juice, top with torn pitas and serve.
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Fattoush Salad Tips:

  • If you don’t have stale (dried out) pitas, you can take fresh pitas and dry them in the oven (400°F until toasted and brittle) or you can toast them in your toaster. If the pitas added to the salad are fresh, they’ll turn soggy quick. Toasted or dried out pitas add texture, just like croutons.
  • If you don’t have pita bread, you can also use Melba toast crackers, plain croutons, or bagel chips – get creative!
  • This salad is made with small cucumbers, sometimes referred to as Lebanese cucumbers. They are sweet, refreshing and have the best crunch. If you can’t find them, you can use traditional larger cucumbers – just cut them into small pieces.
  • If you have a mandolin, this is the recipe to use it. It will make thinly slicing the cucumber, radishes, and onion a breeze.
  • I top the salad with the pitas before serving to prevent them from turning soggy.
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